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Little Jude is getting so big! This last month he’s put on a few pounds and has become even more mobile. He’s now into everything–pulling himself up on anything he can find, opening drawers, climbing stairs, and following his big sister’s constant, “Come ‘ere, Jude!” calls.

His hair is growing so fast, I think he honestly will need a haircut soon. Which puts him ahead of Emery by about…two years? Ha ha, Emery is still struggling in the hair department while Jude has more than enough!

Jude has also been learning sign language this last month. We started with Emery at 6 months but she didn’t really pick it up until right before a year, so I wanted to wait longer before I started with Jude. But he’s getting to be at the screamy stage where when he wants something he makes a high-pitched squeal/scream, which I can’t stand, so that’s when I know it’s time for sign language! So far so good. He definitely knows what the signs mean already, especially “more”, but he hasn’t picked it up enough yet to sign back. That’s to be expected though–I know it will take a few months.

Since he’s started to climb the stairs, I’ve also begun teaching him how to go down the stairs. Emery picked it up quickly so I’m hoping Jude will too! With Emery, we could just put up baby gates but with Jude it’s a different story since his kind older sister just pushes them down for him so he can get to where he wants to. She doesn’t quite understand that it’s dangerous for him, she is always just trying to help! Ha ha!

What else is new? He still sleeps great at night–usually from about 7:30 or 8:00pm until 9:00 or 9:30am. Then he takes two long naps during the day. We used to put him mostly to sleep in our arms first before laying him down and then he’d wake up a little bit, but go back to sleep on his own. Now he doesn’t want to be in our arms more than just a minute or two so I’ve started putting him down and just letting him go to sleep on his own. So much easier this way!

I’m thinking he might be walking pretty soon, or at least before Emery was (she walked at 13 months). He’s in such a hurry to keep up with Monster and I have to say, so far he’s doing a good job! She’s sweet to him too and will crawl around with him when they play together. That or she dangles a toy about 5 feet from him, yelling, “Come ‘here, Jude!!” and as he gets closer she just keeps backing up. They will literally run/crawl all around the house doing this.

He’s still so sweet and is the happiest when Emery is around running around and giving him constant entertainment. He only gets sad during the times of day when she might still be sleeping and he’s already woken up. But that’s short lived when he realized he can play with a toy that is normally taken away from him immediately! Seriously though, they really do play together very well and I love watching them interact. Just today Emery looked at Jude and said, “Jude..you my friend? You my best friend Jude!” and it kind of made my mom-heart melt into a puddle.

Here’s some more photos of our 9-month old!
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And a comparison of Jude & Emery, both at 9-months old:

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Eight months already?! I’ll tell you what, this last month has been a big one for Jude! He has changed so much! He’s now crawling everywhere–and when I say everywhere I really mean it. The best way to describe it is to imagine a wind-up car that you have just wound up all the way. You put it down and it immediately starts going. That is Jude. As soon as you put him down, he’s off. There’s no time to just sit and play with toys anymore; he has to be moving and exploring. Especially if Emery is in the picture! If she’s awake, he wants to be where she is. And anyone who knows Emery knows she is always constantly moving, which means Jude is always on the go, trying to keep up with her. His poor knees are all red at the end of the day! But he’s so happy with his new-found mobility and honestly, I am too. It makes it so much easier when babies are able to get to where they want to by themselves. Emery loves it too and already their interaction and play time has increased quite a lot.

Along with crawling, Jude also will go from all fours to sitting up. This actually happened first and then he found the courage to crawl shortly after. But the first morning I went in to get him and he was sitting up in his crib made me just laugh out loud from how cute it was! There he was, sitting up and waiting for me, grinning from ear to ear. He has also learned how to clap and loves to express his emotion by doing so. Any time he does something that he’s proud of he’ll clap his hands. He also loves to clap in response to, “Yayyy Jude!!”. That evokes an especially big smile. Emery loves to sit by him and clap her hands to encourage him to copy her. It’s adorable! He’ll also copy us if we shake our head back and forth or stick out our tongue. You can tell he’s so proud of himself every time he does this successfully. It’s all a big game and he loves to play!

Just a few days ago Jude pulled himself up on furniture for the first time. It was a little scary for me to see him trying this already but there’s really no stopping him now. The couches are still a little too high for him, but he’ll pull himself up on us, toys, and even the stairs. In just another week or two I’m sure he’ll have worked up to the couches too. It’s crazy to see how in a hurry he is, compared to Emery who couldn’t care less when it came to these things. But I guess it makes sense since he watches Emery all day long and longs to be doing the things she is!

He really is the happiest baby and we’re so grateful that he’s such a good sleeper and eater too. I can’t say enough how much I love him and love the different dynamic our family has taken on since his arrival! It’s been such a blessing to watch Grant be a dad to him and Emery and to watch Emery be a big sister. It’ll be great when he’s old enough to be a real playmate for her!

Here’s some more pictures of Jude from his 8-month photo session, and then a few comparison shots. The last one is my favorite! These kids crack me up!

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Jude is seven months old! He’s an incredibly happy baby as long as he is able to watch his big sister and get her attention. Lately he’s been so much more mobile since he’s figured out how to scoot backwards. It’s kind of like the opposite of an army crawl — he lifts his body up with his hands but instead of propelling himself forwards, he just simply scoots backwards. It’s actually working out really well for him! He’s able to get anywhere he needs to. The only setback is he normally gets stuck underneath chairs and couches and anything else he scoots backwards into! He has a very distinct cry for when this happens so I can normally recognize it and come rescue him fairly quickly. It’s as if he’s saying, “Not again!! MOMMMMM!” And I think it’s the funniest thing. Emery is also a great help. If she sees him about to get stuck she’ll come find me and say, “Jude’s stuck! He cry!” So together we make a pretty good team, ha! I don’t think crawling is too far away. He’s just started to get up on his hands and knees. He’ll kind of rock back and forth for a little bit and every once in a while he’ll find the courage to pick one hand up and try to move it forward. Usually it ends in a face plant and some tears, but he’s trying! I know he’s very anxious to get moving and play more with Emery.

Another funny thing about him: Jude never stops squealing. I remember Emery going through this same phase, but Emery’s situation was a little different because we didn’t encourage the habit to continue. Don’t get me wrong, we thought it was cute for about…a day. It just got very loud and kind of annoying! (I think I have the right to say that as the parent who spends the entire day with them). Well Emery learned to make other sounds that I thought was funnier so she ended up leaving the squealing stage pretty quickly. Jude, on the other hand, gets nonstop encouragement from his big sister so I’m not sure if it will ever end! Emery loves to squeal back to him and the two of them have their own squealing matches for hours at a time. (That might be an exaggeration, but that’s what it feels like!)

This last month definitely brought some change and I’m excited for the next stages we have coming up. Jude is growing up so fast and I just love getting smiles from him. He’s such a happy and smiley baby — and I just love all of his hair!

Here’s another favorite from his 7-month photo shoot, along with a comparison shot of him and Monster at the same age!

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